Bicycling is such a fun way to gain physical and mental fitness. Being accessible to all body types it would seem that getting on your bicycle to ride would be the simplest thing in the world to do for your health. Yet life offers interruptions, our best intentions get pushed aside, suddenly it’s been months since we have ridden a bike. That’s OK!
There are times when we must meet our responsibilities and our fitness goals are interrupted. I have experienced one of those periods in my life. I haven’t been on my bicycle very much for the last 6 months. It feels as if summer has been slinking away from me. Finally I am able to set aside a corner of my schedule for bicycling. Creating a goal for myself will be the motivational factor for me staying engaged with my renewed fitness challenge. Pick one or two goals and see what you can achieve on your bicycle!
Attainable Bicycling Challenges
General physical fitness*
Social connection with family or friends
Bicycle event, charity ride.
*General physical fitness can include bicycling but core workout s are also helpful. A strong core will enhance your cycling performance.
Choose a bicycle that matches your fitness challenge
It isn’t necessary to purchase the most current bicycle model in order to achieve your goals but it is prudent to have a bicycle that matches your intended riding conditions.
Jack completes the Bike MS: Buckeye Breakaway charity ride every year. A goal of this nature gives him that push to go out and ride regularly in order to build stamina. Altitude may be on his side for this 100-mile ride but the August humidity that Ohio is guaranteed to offer will certainly be a challenge.
For the event Jack will be riding a vintage 1980’s race bike knowing that the steel frame set will be forgiving, absorbing a lot of the road shock for him. He has maintained the bicycle over the decades, preserving many of the bike’s original components.
Classic Euro Asia road bike
Campagnolo front brake
Campy rear derailleur
Upgrades for 2019
There are maintenance issues to address with any used bicycle. Jack decided to change some of the components for comfort and reliability;
Downtube shifters replaced the aged STIs (integrated shifter/brake levers)
Thick & Zesty bar tape from Soma Fabrications
NITTO Technomic stem
Fluted seat post
Panaracer Closer tires.
What tickled us about this project is that his Euro Asia is a very smooth and quick frame set, well worth the chosen upgrades. Additionally all of the his upgrades have been done in accordance to the aesthetic of the bike. And why not? It’s OK to ride a nice looking bike.